Monica Crowley: Reagan Was Right
When President Obama won the presidency, he did so driven by an ideology that took precedent over the very people who voted him into office. Since entering office, his determination to fundamentally change America has been shown to include abusing and misusing our military, burdening our economy with near-endless government spending, and literally holding our energy supplies hostage.
These three things are just the tip of the iceberg. In truth, there have been so many (bad) changes that the American people feel as if they've been taken by storm. It's as if Obama and & Co. have left the country as a whole staring at one another, asking aloud if anyone got the number of the bus that just ran us over.
It's in taking this type of Obama-induced bewilderment to task that Fox News' Monica Crowley has given us a new book, "What The (Bleep) Just Happened?" In the book, Crowley provides an incredibly honest look at the damage Obama has done to this country, while also providing a "happy warrior's guide" to reversing the damage that's been done.
Regarding the damage resulting from Obama's abuse and misuse of the military, Crowley tells readers how Obama "deliberately wrecked...the status-of-forces agreement" for Iraq in 2009, effectively wrecking Iraq. In Libya, Crowley contends our military was used to accelerate "a regime change...which would, in turn, result in an Islamic government." And on and on and the list goes...
Regarding economic matters, Crowley makes it clear that, "In several short years, Obama has fundamentally shifted the balance away from the individual and toward government, and has altered the national psyche from self-reliance to ever-growing reliance on government." Yet the government on which we've been encouraged to rely is increasingly unreliable.
The unreliable nature of Obama's government is seen through his "stimulus" package, the results of which Crowley describes as "dismal." She shows that each job created through "stimulus" cost the American people $430,000. And that the joke's on us, because the stimulus package wasn't even meant to create jobs in the first place. Instead, it "was always meant to be a political act, not an economic one, which is why it was a mountain that produced a mouse."
Crowley shows that other parts of Obama's war on the economy have also been part of his war on energy:
The capstone of Obama's assault on the oil and gas industry came in late 2011 when his administration refused to grant permission to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have put tens of thousands of Americans to work immediately and facilitated the domestic movement of crude from a central storage hub in Oklahoma to large refiners on the Gulf Coast.
In the end, Obama's actions forced many Americans to trade their dependable SUV's for newly designed electric/gasoline cars that catch on fire while parked in the garage at night.
Crowley succeeds in portraying the situation in a way that communicates the precarious nature of the present state of things, while demonstrating just how dire things could become were Obama to get another four years.
And how do we to get from these precarious times to better ones? According to Crowley, it will be by supporting leaders in the mold of Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan: leaders who still live in light of a conservatism that represents the politics of the possible. In other words, we need a "happy warrior." Yet we need not only look to a happy warrior on the national stage, but also to be such ourselves.
Crowley demonstrates this by showing how many happy warriors flooded Congressional town hall meetings when Obamacare was being debated. She focuses on how those meetings were filled to capacity by happy warriors in Tea Parties from town to town, city to city, and state to state. These same happy warriors delivered a powerful blow for conservatives in the November 2010 elections, and Crowley looks for them to step up in defense of America again in November 2012.
Crowley's book provides an honest take on Obama's goals and the disaster his policies have caused to date. And just when the reader might feel our country is past the point of no return, Crowley reminds us that the glass is still half full, and America continues to have that "rendezvous with destiny" of which Reagan famously spoke.
Happy warriors to the rescue.